TUNE: SUNLIGHT IN MY WINDOW
This little number involves an interlocking
two hand rhythm with a bit of melody. The left hand draws its
rhythm from line 3 in Two Hand Rhythms #2 (see lesson 3), and it only
varies from that groove twice. The Right starts out playing mostly
on the off-beats,
like in the On the Beat Off the Beat page,
with the DRAMATIC moment in measure 9 where both hands come together.
Notice how important this sounds when it arrives. Listen to the music
and try to follow along in the sheet music. Use the Notepad file if
you have downloaded the program. It is very handy because it runs
a cursor along the music as it plays. It doesnt sound as nice
as the real piano, but hey.
Practice the first two measures until you
have the feel. That feel continues for almost the whole song. There
is seldom a note on beat 2, take notice. Later, when the music starts
hitting something on beat 2, it has a fresh feeling. Leaving something
out so you can use it to good effect later is useful and effective.
It is a 12-bar Form. It goes through the tune
twice, before changing the melody and its rhythm (change happens
at Meas. 23!).
Keep your hands relating to each other. In
these pieces, being aware of how the two fit into each other is what
it is all about. It is not about forgetting about the left hand and
the right hand is the focus. The rhythmic feel depends on your staying
together and feeling the back and forth of the hands and fingers.
Try out how the opening two bars feels if you tap out the fingers
on a tabletop, as if you were playing the notes.